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Daily Archives: October 24, 2013

Business & Politics

Domtar results hurt by weak paper and pulp business

Reuters
October 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Canadian paper and pulp products producer Domtar Corp reported a lower third-quarter profit on Thursday, as weakness in its paper and pulp segment offset the impact of a stronger performance from its personal care products business. The Montreal-based company said its net income in the period fell to $27 million, or 82 cents a share, from $66 million, or $1.84 a share, a year earlier.

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Coulson Group a finalist for B.C. Export Awards

Alberni Valley Times
October 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Coulson Group of Companies is a finalist for the 2013 B.C. Export Awards. The recently released finalists list was announced by the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters B.C. Division and the Ministry of International Trade. In the professional services category, Coulson Group is a finalist with Hatfield Consultants and Global Relay. The top three finalists in the 11 categories represent cities across the province, including Victoria, Richmond, Delta, Vancouver, Prince George and more. The businesses include advanced scientific research and green energy to natural resources and digital media.

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B.C. seeks to diversify Asia wood exports

BC Local News
October 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s annual forest products trade mission to Asia is finding slower growth in the Chinese market, but increasing use of higher-value products such as oriented strandboard. Forests Minister Steve Thomson and 25 B.C. forest products executives are visiting Shanghai and Beijing this week, after a stop in Japan to meet with government and industry officials. Thomson signed letter of intent with China’s Zhejiang province to develop wood frame building, in a rapidly urbanizing country that has traditionally used concrete.

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McBride mill shuts down after just three months

Rocky Mountain Goat
October 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A cant mill operating on the former TRC Cedar property in McBride has shut down after less than three months in operation. CEO of McBride Biofuels Dustin Meierhofer wrote in an email to the Goat that the company would not be commenting on the reasons for the closure or whether it might reopen. The mill leaves 10 full-time employees and three part-time employees without work. The mill opened in late July. In a previous interview, Meierhofer said General Biofuels (the parent company) chose McBride because of the existing business relationships it had in the area and because of less competition for fibre.

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Forestry focused more on China than the EU

Alberni Valley Times
October 22, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The new agreement between Canada and the European Union will eliminate existing tariffs on forest products being exported to Europe. Canada is the world’s leading exporter of softwood lumber, newsprint and wood pulp, and in Port Alberni it is an important part of the local economy with active logging and major pulp, paper and sawmills. However, local forestry companies do not predict an immediate affect on their sales despite tariffs being eliminated. The agreement, once it takes effect, will eliminate existing tariffs on all forest products, which range from seven to 10 per cent on plywood. Most of the forestry companies with a stake in Port Alberni are actually focused on Asia.

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Weyerhaeuser to start exporting OSB to Japan

IHB
October 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser will soon produce JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standard) certified OSB material for export to Japan, sandpointpr.com reported. In February, Weyerhaeuser received a JAS certification from the American Plywood Association (APA) for its OSB production at the Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan mill in Canada. OSB is used in Japan for both residential and commercial construction, as wall and roof sheathing and as structural flooring panels.

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Timber industry main backer for initiative that would lessen union power

Statesman Journal
October 24, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Money has started pouring in to support a ballot initiative that would allow public employees to refuse to pay union dues, and it’s coming almost entirely from one place: the timber industry. Rob Freres, executive vice president of Freres Brothers Lumber, Inc., in Lyons, has donated $30,000 on behalf of the company. Meanwhile, prolific Republican donor Andrew Miller, president of Stimson Lumber, has given $6,000.

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Science-Based Forestry in Uruguay Shows Weyerhaeuser’s Commitment to International Sustainability

Weyerhaeuser
October 23, 2013
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Forestry is a long-term endeavor. What “long-term” really means, day in and day out, is typified by Weyerhaeuser’s operations in north-central Uruguay aided, in part, by North Carolina State University. The long-term activities in Uruguay include daily research and monitoring in the La Corona watershed. Every day for more than a decade, researchers like Juliana Ivanchenko have taken water samples as part of an investigation focused on the effects of forests planted on land previously used as pasture.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Wood industry interested in forum

Journal of Commerce
October 28, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

A representative of the Canadian wood industry is interested in joining a national coalition of building materials associations, despite being the focus of criticism about unfair procurement practices for promoting wood first initiatives. “The Canadian Wood Council welcomes the opportunity to work with competing industries to ensure wood is fairly considered in public works project across Canada,” said Michael Giroux, president of the Canadian Wood Council. “If there is another Converge forum that is run by an independent third party, the Canadian Wood Council would be happy to attend and participate.”

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Live Webcams Focus on WIDC

250 News
October 23, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Prince George, B.C. – The Wood Innovation and Design Centre construction is underway, and you can stay on top of the activity by checking out the live web cams that are capturing all the action. When complete, the WIDC will be the home of the Masters in Engineering program in Integrated Wood Design and a Master of Applied Science programs. There are two webcams keeping tabs on the construction. One shows a view from the Ramada Hotel, while the other is situated in the Twisted Cork building on 5th Avenue.

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Construction of Silver Park pavilion, other additions nearly complete

The Missoulian
October 23, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Construction crews have almost finished the major additions to Silver Park on the site of an old inner-city lumber mill. And they hope the public will like the place enough to discourage a vandalism trend that has defaced many of the structures there over the past several years. “That park does tend to get hit harder than others,” Missoula Parks and Recreation Director Donna Gaukler said Wednesday.

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Clash of the green giants

Portland Tribune
October 24, 2013
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A political slugfest is clouding the future of the $50 billion green building industry, and Portland is in the thick of the fight. Few cities have embraced green buildings more — so much so that Portland developers, architects and other green building specialists are touted as an export industry because they provide so many overseas services. But timber giants and manufacturers of chemical-filled building products have fueled a growing backlash against the U.S. Green Building Council, whose popular Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, or LEED, has revolutionized commercial building construction around the world.

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Forestry

Two more logging trucks overturn in B.C.

No one injured in either accident
CBC News
October 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two unrelated logging truck accidents on Wednesday are raising questions about the safety of transporting raw logs on B.C.’s highways, less than a week after a motorcyclist was killed in a logging truck accident in Whistler. RCMP have confirmed that one truck overturned and spilled its load after at least one tire burst while the truck tried to make a tight turn to exit a highway near Chase, B.C. this morning.

Rash of Logging Truck Crashes Sparks Alert from 250 News

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Response from critic

Letter by Norm Macdonald, MLA, NDP Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations critic
The Province
October 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The claims in Forest Minister Steve Thomson’s letter on tree farm licences are not true. He says the changes in the proposed amendment to the Forest Act came from the legislative committee on timber supply. I was the deputy-chairman of the committee. The committee did not recommend rolling over timber supply areas to tree farm licenses — the most fundamental of the changes envisioned by the minister’s proposed amendments.

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New woodlot licence available near Edgewood

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Government
October 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

CASTLEGAR – The Province is accepting bids on a new woodlot licence near Edgewood, a move that will eventually generate new job opportunities across the region, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today. The woodlot licence covers approximately 1,189 hectares of Crown land along the Inonoaklin River valley west of Edgewood. The deadline for submission is Nov. 27, 2013.

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Ontario Tree Seed Plant Celebrates 90 Years of Growth

Ministry of Natural Resources
Government of Ontario
October 22, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Ontario Tree Seed Plant is celebrating 90 years of preserving biodiversity, protecting the environment and supporting the forest products and wood manufacturing sectors. The facility uses innovative technology to extract, clean, test, and store billions of seeds each year that support the growth of trees in Ontario forests, woodlots, parks, schoolyards, and even your own back yard. Through 90 years of experience, Ontario’s Tree Seed Plant is recognized as a world leader in tree seed collection. The facility supplies seed from 50 native trees to nursery operations, forestry companies and the public.

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Axing tamaracks sets troubling precedent: advocate

CBC News
October 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Tree Canada president Mike Rosen slams decision to cut down trees on Mohawk Crescent. The president of a national tree-planting organization says Thunder Bay city council has set a dangerous precedent with its decision to cut down a stand of tamarack trees. Council voted this week to remove the trees near Mohawk Crescent, and replace them with white spruce after a resident complained that the falling needles were damaging his property. Mike Rosen, president of Ottawa-based non-profit Tree Canada, says the decision could have consequences beyond Thunder Bay.

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Can new energy operations make forest restoration affordable?

Yakima Herald
October 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

YAKIMA, Wash. — After more than 50 years working in and studying the forests of the Pacific Northwest, Jerry Franklin talks about the eastern Cascades with a sense of loss in his voice. “The forests on the east slope were very tolerant of fire and it was a very stable system, but we changed all that,” said Franklin, a professor of forestry at the University of Washington. …“There is an imperative to finding economic ways of using this material,” said Aaron Everett, the state forester for the Department of Natural Resources. “There isn’t enough public funding on earth to do this restoration work in all of the forests that need it.”

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Logging powder: Lost Trail ski area opens up new terrain with thinning project

The Missoulian
October 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SULA – People who love skiing the steep and deep are going to love this news. This summer and fall, loggers have been at work removing dead, diseased and dying lodgepole pine from about 230 acres scattered between the ski trails on the southern end of Lost Trail Powder Mountain. Last week, the last of 300 or so logging trucks filled with logs taken from the mountainside left for the Sun Mountain lumber mill in Deer Lodge. …The forest surrounding the ski area is under attack by mountain pine beetles. The nearby hillsides are pocked with red and gray trees killed by the bugs over the past few years. “It’s a forest health issue,” Grasser said.

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Field day held for forest topics

The Licking News
October 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Recently, the Eastern Ozarks Forestry Council held a Forest Management Field Day. The event was held at the Bee Rock Land Company office, located just outside of Raymondville. This program was directed toward landowners and focused on various practices for them to best protect and get the most out of their land. Representatives from the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Forest Products Association and professional foresters were all on hand to discuss such topics as best management practices for forest harvesting, cost-share opportunities for forest management practices, forest consultant services, forest management for wildlife habitat, timber bidding and timber sale contracts.

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Indonesia’s forest still dwindling despite reforms

Associated Press
October 24, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

WASHINGTON – At home and abroad, Indonesia is highlighting its progress in curbing the environmental destruction that has depleted forests and made the South-east Asian nation a leading source of greenhouse gases. But environmentalists are unconvinced. They say pulp and palm oil plantations are still expanding at an alarming rate in Sumatran forests, despite efforts by the government and industry. That expansion has contributed to climate change and threatens endangered tigers and orangutans.

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EBRD and FAO set pathway to sustainable forestry investment in the Russian Federation’s Far East

Thomson Reuters Foundation
October 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have joined forces to promote viable forestry investment and innovation in the Russian Federation’s Far East based on sustainable use of forest resources. An Investment Roadmap, defining the pathway to sustainable investments in the region’s forest industry, was presented today at an Investment Forum in Vladivostok, Russian Federation.

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Military exercise triggers more than 100 forest fires in Australia

First Post World
October 23, 2013
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Sydney: A military training exercise ignited the largest of the wildfires that have ravaged Australia’s most populous state over the past week, investigators said Wednesday. More than 100 fires have killed one man and destroyed more than 200 homes in New South Wales state since Thursday. Fire investigators found that a massive fire near the city of Lithgow, west of Sydney, began Oct. 16 at a nearby Defense Department training area, and that the blaze “was started as a result of live ordnance exercises” at the army range, the Rural Fire Service said in a statement.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Company brings life to mills

Chronicle Journal
October 24, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

A plan by a California company to re-tool idle mills in Atikokan and Wawa so they can produce woody energy pellets is well underway, municipal officials say. “They’ve been here for a couple of months now, and I believe they’re spending quite a bit of money to update our plant,” Atikokan Mayor Dennis Brown said Wednesday.  Rentech Inc. announced this summer it had acquired Atikokan’s former chip-board plant and Wawa’s former oriented strand board (OSB) facility with a view to convert them to make pellets. Both mills are modern, but required new equipment.

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New approach to international forestry offset projects is introduced to the global market with adoption of Climate Action Reserve protocol

Climate Action Reserve
October 23, 2013
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

SACRAMENTO, CA – Marking a milestone for the Climate Action Reserve – North America’s most trusted, experienced and knowledgeable carbon offset registry – and REDD+ initiatives, the Reserve Board of Directors today adopted the organization’s Mexico Forest Protocol. The protocol, which is the product of several years of collaboration, represents a new approach to international forestry offset projects. It was developed with an unprecedented level of involvement from ejidos (local communities), and as a result, reflects a high level of social and environmental safeguards.

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